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The friendly, the first meeting in Ireland between the sides since visiting hooligans caused chaos at Lansdowne Road in 1995, will take place at Sunday lunchtime following discussions between the associations, broadcasters and the gardai.

The friendly, the first meeting in Ireland between the sides since visiting hooligans caused chaos at Lansdowne Road in 1995, will take place at Sunday lunchtime following discussions between the associations, broadcasters and the gardai.

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15 February 1995; Rioting England fans in the Upper West Stand which forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Rioting England fans in the Upper West Stand which forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; An England fan is restrained by Gardai after rioting in the West Stand forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; An England fan is restrained by Gardai after rioting in the West Stand forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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The friendly, the first meeting in Ireland between the sides since visiting hooligans caused chaos at Lansdowne Road in 1995, will take place at Sunday lunchtime following discussions between the associations, broadcasters and the gardai.

GARDA concerns about the impact of alcohol consumption are the primary factor in the decision to set a 1.0pm kick-off time for England's historic return to Dublin on June 7.

The friendly, the first meeting in Ireland between the sides since visiting hooligans caused chaos at Lansdowne Road in 1995, will take place at Sunday lunchtime following discussions between the associations, broadcasters and the gardai.

While a late-afternoon clash was one of the options on the table, the gardai were looking for the earliest possible start to limit the window for drinking beforehand.

Organisers are confident that the match will pass off without incident in a similar manner to the 2013 meeting at Wembley, with the English FA handling the distribution of their 3,000 tickets to recognised supporters.

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15 February 1995; An England fan is restrained by Gardai after rioting in the West Stand forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; An England fan is restrained by Gardai after rioting in the West Stand forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; David Kelly, Republic of Ireland, scores the only goal of the game against England, after which the game was abandoned due to rioting in the Upper West Stand. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; David Kelly, Republic of Ireland, scores the only goal of the game against England, after which the game was abandoned due to rioting in the Upper West Stand. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; England supporters clash with Gardai in the West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; England supporters clash with Gardai in the West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; Terry Phelan, right, and Steve Staunton, left, celebrate with David Kelly, after he scored the Republic of Ireland's first goal against England. The match was subsequently abandoned after rioting broke out the the Upper West Stand. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Terry Phelan, right, and Steve Staunton, left, celebrate with David Kelly, after he scored the Republic of Ireland's first goal against England. The match was subsequently abandoned after rioting broke out the the Upper West Stand. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; England supporters clash with Gardai in the West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; England supporters clash with Gardai in the West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; The England team, from left to right, Paul Ince, Tony Adams, Graeme Le Saux, Matt Le Tissier, Darren Anderton, Gary Pallister, Warren Barton, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, David Seaman and David Platt. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; The England team, from left to right, Paul Ince, Tony Adams, Graeme Le Saux, Matt Le Tissier, Darren Anderton, Gary Pallister, Warren Barton, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, David Seaman and David Platt. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; An empty Lansdowne Road after rioting broke out in the Upper West Stand and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; An empty Lansdowne Road after rioting broke out in the Upper West Stand and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; Gardai remove an England supporter from the pitch after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Gardai remove an England supporter from the pitch after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; England supporters in the Upper West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; England supporters in the Upper West Stand where rioting broke out and forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; Fans attempt to leave the ground after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Fans attempt to leave the ground after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; Gardai remove an England supporter from the pitch after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Gardai remove an England supporter from the pitch after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; Republic of Ireland fans tear down an England flag after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

15 February 1995; Republic of Ireland fans tear down an England flag after rioting in the Upper West Stand forced the match to be abandoned. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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15 February 1995; An England fan is restrained by Gardai after rioting in the West Stand forced the abandonment of the game. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

However, a safety-first approach is being taken to reduce the possibility of inflammatory behaviour.

Concerns were raised about the Dublin game after England's trip to take on Scotland at Celtic Park in November was marred by anti-IRA chants from the travelling section.

Roy Hodgson condemned the supporters responsible - who sang along to a tune that was played by the England band - and the FA committed to discussions with fan groups to avoid a repeat of the same playlist at the Aviva Stadium.

The FAI have yet to release Irish ticket details but it is anticipated that the vast majority of home tickets - aside from those already allotted to season-ticket holders - will be distributed between clubs and leagues.

 

Irish Independent